Athlete's foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a skin disease induced by a fungal infection of the foot. Although athlete's foot is infectious, the condition is not highly contagious. Some infected individuals may not even feel the itchiness or be aware of the condition for years after being infected.
The wet and hot weather in summer, together with frequent sweating of the feet, turns summer into the peak of athlete's foot infections. Athlete's foot may not always be transmitted by other people. In fact, there are fungi in the environments around us. Under suitable environments, they can breed non-stop. Even though the infection of athlete's foot is very common and has no immediate danger, we still need to address the problem seriously, as it is possible for the fungi to spread from the feet to other parts of the body, such as the hands. Meanwhile, it is possible for the peeling or cracking of the skin due to athlete's foot to cause wounds and lead to bacterial infections. For patients who also suffer from diabetes, the outcome of athlete's foot may become even more serious. Hence, such patients should receive treatment as soon as possible.